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Coconut Hideaway: Beachfront Bliss! Caribbean Style, Old-Florida Seaside Charm

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Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse Little Gasparilla Island.


Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Charming Old Florida Beachfront Home on Little Gasparilla's Private Beach

COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on Little Gasparilla Island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our home is eclectic and rustic and has been enjoyed by our family for nearly three decades.

Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar walls, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from almost every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach!

Our island concierge will meet you at the dock upon your arrival and help transport
your groceries and bags to the house AND carry them up the stairs for you! This service is free to you and he will also help you take everything back to the dock upon departure.

Comfortable handmade hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area on the back porch. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. The open-air outdoor shower is also a favorite of many of our guests, with steamy hot water on brisk winter evenings! We have a piano, a library, movies and even craft supplies! We also provide floats and rafts, noodles, snorkeling gear, fishing gear and we even have kayaks you can rent! We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.

Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a daybed with an additional trundle (two twins OR a king) and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy! Please note, however, this is a very small room, especially with the trundle pulled out.) We also offer a sofabed in the living room and we have an inflatable aerobed for additional flexibility. We feature 100% cotton linens and a variety of pillows and plenty of blankets and quilts for the winter months.

The kitchen features granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, Keurig coffee machine along with drip coffeemaker, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries….and if you don’t feel like leaving the island, you can almost always put together an impromptu meal from our pantry! From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland.

Coconut Hideaway is pet-friendly with some basic restrictions….we request that pets be on monthly flea control. We have oriental carpets so housebroken pets are required. And aggressive dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Yards on the island are not fenced so you must keep your pet under control.

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla Island has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.

The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient. Contact Emmett at Pirate's Water Taxi for transportation to and from the island: 941-697-5777.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.

Please note that most houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.

• You must notify us if you wish to bring or rent a boat. New regulations enacted by the state of Florida limit boats to 21 ft. at our dock.
• Please note there is no smoking in the beach house.
• Please note that some of our reservations are tentative until our first installment is received and tentative reservations do NOT show up on the calendar..…so please e-mail us to double-check availability BEFORE BOOKING ON-LINE to avoid disappointment. (And you may also contact us to be placed on a cancellation list. We often have cancellations, so even if your desired date is booked, that can sometimes change!) We apologize for any inconvenience if your preferred date is already booked.

We think you will find your vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays ever! And, at Coconut Hideaway, we try to make it as easy as possible to have a stress-free vacation.

'Just bring your groceries, your bathing suit and a tropical attitude™.'

*** LARGE SCREEN HDTV with DVR in living room and upstairs bedroom ***
*** PETS OK (pet fee may be assessed) ***
*** FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE (meets you at the dock and helps transport bags and groceries to the house***

Service 'extras' such as additional maid service or mid-week concierge service during your stay may be available by prior arrangement. Ask us about boat and jet ski rentals, golf cart rentals, guided fishing trips, sea turtle patrols, seaplane tours, etc. The house is to be occupied by no more than 6 persons without prior approval, and any party falsely representing the number of people in the home will be subject to immediate eviction without refund. In the event authorities order a mandatory evacuation from the island because of hurricane, you will receive a prorated refund.
• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.
• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.
• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock
• All homes come with a grill. We have a charcoal grill and an electric grill.
• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.
• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.
• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.
• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.
• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.
• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.
• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.
• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee.
• This house has wi-fi but this is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland. There is no unlimited data and wi-fi is NOT for entertainment. No Netflix, no skyping, no streaming music, no downloading videos, etc. Many people find the mobile hotspots on their smartphones are better alternatives.

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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    At least two renters must be age 25...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    The entire island is very quiet and safe and the beach is fun for kids of all ages....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    This is a non-smoking home....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    We must be notified prior to your arrival with the number of pets you will be bringing; a non-refundable deposit of $100 per pet may be assessed to cover additional cleaning....moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    Most homes on the island are on pilings for flood protection....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 child bed


  • Bedroom 2: 1 king, 1 child bed


  • Convertible bed(s): 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 3

    Trundle makes a king; bedroom is quite small....moreless

  • King size beds (2) Two bedrooms -- the master and the loft bedroom -- offer a king size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Sleeping porch offers two twins (daybed and a trundle) with a private entrance perfect for teenagers., Child Beds (1) Each bedroom also offers a daybed perfect for ages 2 to 8., Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib (pack and play) is also available for your use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa-bed in the living room is queen-size. We also offer an aero-bed for more flexibility....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1


  • ...moreless

  • Main floor has one large bathroom with 6 ft tub, shower, bidet, sink, toilet and linen closet. Downstairs has an open-air outdoor shower and another toilet....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Home offers a piano, a downstairs outdoor open-air shower, two spacious porches front and back, and handmade cotton hammocks for relaxing. There are also movies, a small in-home library, lots of games and puzzles, coloring books and a glue gun for craft projects....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    A selection of CD's is available. We also offer a piano and a selection of sheet music....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV is available in the living room and upstairs bedroom. We have DVR so you can tape and watch your favorite shows at your convenience....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    Numerous VHS tapes and DVDs are available for your enjoyment...moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Our home sits directly on the beach. No peek-a-boo 'partial water view' here!...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central heat and air conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer in residence...moreless

  • Computer Available:

    We have a Dell laptop available for guests. It is an older model but fine for checking e-mail, etc. We also have a printer you may use....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat and air...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton sheets, variety of foam and down pillows...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Parking is available at the marina on the mainland where you catch the water taxi. Rate is $6 per day....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Free use of dock slip for your boat...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    All linens are provided, including beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Large Capacity Washer in residence...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wi-fi is included with your rental but usage is limited due to high data costs on the island. No streaming videos or music. Data is limited to 2.5 G per week...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    We have a Keurig and we also provide a drip coffeemaker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Utensils include large shrimp pot, crock pot, blender, bread maker, electric frypan, coffee grinder, toaster oven -- even a coconut shredder!...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen features granite countertops and a fully stocked pantry for your convenience....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    The home is well stocked with spices, oil and vinegar, condiments, drink mixes, rice, sugar, flour, cocoa, popcorn, an assortment of canned goods and much more....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    We offer an extra full-size refrigerator for spare ice, sodas and snacks....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    We have a toaster oven rather than a traditional toaster...moreless


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo:

    A tiki-hut downstairs offers a shady spot for a tropical drink....moreless

  • Golf:

    there are several golf courses on the mainland...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We offer both a tandem kayak and two single kayaks for rent for a nominal fee; we require that you sign a liability waiver....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    We have a tropical garden behind the house with ginger, orchids, frangipani, bamboo and other tropical plantings....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    We have two charcoal grills....moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    snorkels and masks, floats, rafts, boogie boards, a couple skim boards and noodles...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    We have the best 'pool' you could imagine....the warm Gulf of Mexico!...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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7 night min stay

$2,200 $8,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $300
  • Pet Fee $100
  • Cleaning $150
  • Tax Rate 12%


Holiday surcharge of $500; $300 reservation/security deposit required upon booking to hold date. 30-day cancellation notice required for stays of 1 week; 60-day cancellation for 2 weeks or more. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100/pet may be assessed depending on size/breed.

Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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Little Gasparilla Island is located just off the coast of SW Florida...just north of Sanibel and Captiva. There are several golf courses on the mainland, kayak and jet ski rentals nearby and charming Boca Grande and Old Englewood nearby with shops and galleries and fine dining. Please note the island has NO can only get there by boat or water cannot drive your car to the island! It's an adventure to get here!


Owner info

Little LLC

Year Purchased: 1980

About the owner: Buddy was a motion picture director in LA -- but originally from Florida -- and Laurie was a marketing executive in Chicago. We moved back to Florida in 1985 when we finished Coconut Hideaway! When we retired, we became antique dealers and traveled the world collecting unique and eclectic mementos for our beach house. The house is filled with antiques and artwork and things we love. Now we enjoy sharing this very special island with our friends, family and guests!

Why the Owner Chose Placida, FL, USA:
As a native Floridian, I found Little Gasparilla Island most closely resembled the Florida I grew up in years high-rises on the beach, no traffic-clogged roads and few tourists. Many days you can walk on the beach without seeing another soul....we also love the natural environment, the beautiful clean beaches and the lack of unsightly seawalls. We love being able to bring our dogs to the beach with us and watching them enjoy the water as much as we do. Island neighbors are friendly and welcoming and always willing to help out! Little Gasparilla is a mystical island for us and we never tire of spending time here with family and friends.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Buddy's parents met in a beach house on Indian Rocks Beach back in the 1920s. Coconut Hideaway represents our attempt to create that classic Old-Florida beach environment. It was designed and built by us based on the things we love to live with....antique cupboards rather than typical kitchen cupboards, antique light fixtures, hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of ceiling fans and large, open rooms. (It is far from new and modern!) Our home is warm and comfortable and totally unique, fully stocked with virtually everything you need for a fun family vacation...including sunscreen, bug spray, beach umbrella, boogie boards and rafts. Our palm-thatched tiki hut offers a sheltered spot when winter's breezes are a bit chilly and a cool respite from the midday sun. The home is spacious enough for a large family, but cozy and romantic for a couple. Our colorful handmade hammocks from Central America allow you to fully enjoy the tropical breezes and -- best of all -- we have spectacular views of the Gulf from nearly every room in the house. You can listen to the waves every night when your head hits the pillow! Extras include wireless internet access, a piano, a library, a large HDTV with satellite and TIVO, access to our fully stocked pantry, movies and CD's and lots of beach toys. We have central air conditioning for those still summer nights, but we often prefer to turn off the AC, open the doors and let the balmy tropical breezes flow through the house! When we feel those breezes, we know that we are truly in heaven.

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Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse Little Gasparilla Island.

    Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse Little Gasparilla Island.

  • Everyone's favorite front porch spot!

    Everyone's favorite front porch spot!

  • Can you imagine a nicer spot for lunch?

    Can you imagine a nicer spot for lunch?

  • Our 'hula skirt' umbrella offers a shady escape from the sun

    Our 'hula skirt' umbrella offers a shady escape from the sun

  • Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse view; Little Gasparilla Island

    Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse view; Little Gasparilla Island

  • View from the front porch

    View from the front porch

  • Coconut Hideaway sits directly on the beach...

    Coconut Hideaway sits directly on the beach...

  • Upstairs bedroom has king size bed and 360 degree views of the beach and island

    Upstairs bedroom has king size bed and 360 degree views of the beach and island

  • View looking south toward Boca Grande

    View looking south toward Boca Grande

  • Sunset from the front porch, following a summer thunderstorm

    Sunset from the front porch, following a summer thunderstorm

  • Bird's eye view of the beach....

    Bird's eye view of the beach....

  • Living room features Tiffany-style lamps, oriental carpets and antique furniture

    Living room features Tiffany-style lamps, oriental carpets and antique furniture

  • Master bedroom has 17-ft. ceilings and Gulf views!

    Master bedroom has 17-ft. ceilings and Gulf views!

  • Cozy sleeping porch/3rd bedroom with two twins.

    Cozy sleeping porch/3rd bedroom with two twins.

  • Comfortable back screened porch

    Comfortable back screened porch

  • Coconut Hideaway has a piano and a small library of books for your enjoyment

    Coconut Hideaway has a piano and a small library of books for your enjoyment

  • Country kitchen with granite countertops

    Country kitchen with granite countertops

  • Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse from the sandbar

    Coconut Hideaway Beachhouse from the sandbar

  • Our tropical tiki hut is nestled in the dunes

    Our tropical tiki hut is nestled in the dunes

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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